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What Pops-up Down Under? 

Charles Duke 

Christchurch, New Zealand 
cduke@ cardinal. 

Let me first define Down Under: the jewel of the 
South Pacific, New Zealand, comprising two main 
islands (each with a total land area about the same as 
New York State), and a total population of 3.5 million. 
Even in these highly mobile times, it is very expensive to 
get items to New Zealand, and books, because of their 
weight/size are no exception. Up to recently books also 
incurred a heavy duty which exacerbated the cost issue. 
As an indication, a book in NZ costs roughly 3 times its 
RRP (recommended retail price) in the USA! This in a 
country where the average wage is 50% that of the USA! 

During the course of a year as few as 3 to 5 
reasonable (and by that I mean pop-ups that have some 
technical merit) become available in New Zealand, and 
then in very limited quantities. Not one pop-up as far as 
I am aware, has ever been published or produced in New 
Zealand - the market is too small and to remote. 
Similarly I know of no other pop-up collectors in New 

So given these conditions, how did I become a 
collector? Well it started when an old girl friend gave 
• gygy^a ^^aiaMaiMiM aiM' me, in 1984, a copy of The 

Ultimate pop-up cocktail 
book ' Now I enjoy a drink 
as much as any man, and 
this book was fun! A quick 
check around home and I 
discovered a couple of other 
pop-up books belonging to 
my daughters and thus a 
collection was started! From 
that point on I began 
keeping an eye out for other 
pop-ups whenever I was in 
any Christchurch (the main 
city of the South Island, population 350,000) bookshop. 

By 1986 1 was traveling extensively all over the world 
(40+ countries and about 200,000 miles per year - 
supporting and presenting computer software) and while 

this sounds like a dream come true to some, it soon 
becomes a very lonely existence - away from home (I 
have a wife and 2 daughters) for 5 out of 8 weeks. 
Locating and perusing bookshops in every city visited 
became my relaxation and what better books to buy than 
pop-ups! It sure made for some heavy bags by the end of 
a trip, so I had a self imposed limit of 10 books per trip 
(not always reached or adhered too!). 

Now remember that this was all before 'The Net' was 
in common usage, and thus one had to have alternative 
methods of locating information. I wrote to all the 
publishers in New Zealand and Australia asking for 
updates and publication 
lists. A waste of time! I 
wrote to all leading 
bookshops in NZ. A much 
better result with a 
number who still contact 
me whenever a new pop- 
up title is available. 

So this was how 
things continued until the 
early 1990's when three 

unrelated events occurred that made for book buying 
nirvana! 1) the NZ government started on an ambitious 
deregulation program (duties, and import controls were 
lifted), 2) I gave up traveling (well almost!), and 3) the 
Internet was easily accessible (and online bookshops 

The bulk of my pop-up research, book location and 
purchases are now achieved through the web. For me this 
is both fun and challenging. Knowing how and where to 

look is the challenge and 
finding books, comments 
and articles about them is 
the fun . I use for the 
bulk of searches, but find 
that offer 
better price and freight 
costs. As a matter of 
interest it takes between 

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The Movable Book Society 

ISSN: 1097-1270 
Movable Stationery is the quarterly publication of The 
Movable Book Society. Letters and articles from 
members on relevant subjects are welcome. The annual 
membership fee for The Society is $15.00. For more 
information contact Ann Montanaro, The Movable Book 
Society, P.O. Box 1 1654, New Brunswick, New Jersey 

Daytime telephone: 732-445-5896 

Evening telephone: 732-247-6071 


Fax: 732-445-5888 

The deadline for the next issue is May 15. 

Continued from page 1 

60 and 90 days to surface mail a book from the US to 
._ NZ - we are patient people! 

There is a web site 
that specializes in locating 
and supplying competitive 
pricing information for 
books. It is 
and is a free service. Worth 
taking a look as it can save a 
lot of Internet time. 
Purchasing through the web 
is as safe, if not safer, than 
any other remote method. In 
almost 6 years I have never 
experienced any problems. Books companies have 
accepted returns and also my word that a specific book 
was never delivered. One area to watch for is that of the 
same book being published under different titles (with 
different ISBNs). A recent example: Ding dong! Merrily 
on high 2 and Make a joyful noise 1 are one in the same. 

Another information source I rely on heavily is this 
newsletter, and I must express my heartfelt thanks to 
Ann Montanaro, and all others involved, for the time and 
effort put into its production. Very well done to all. 

On a few occasions I have both bought and sold (I 
have only sold duplicates so far) via a dealer in Portland, 
Oregon (J. Whirler Used and Rare Children's Books 

So what of my modest collection? Being in the 
computer software trade (did you know that an ISBN has 

a mod 1 1 check digit?), I now have it fully computerized 
(using JADE, all details of each book, 
including a 100 to 300 word synopsis and a color graphic 
of the cover, is held. The purchase date and cost are also 
recorded (not that I would tell my wife the total cost of 
the collection!). 

At the time of writing I have 574 books, a few on 
order and a small list of books I have heard about but not 
yet located. Shelf space is 
starting to become a 
problem, but the computer m 
system has no limits 

The most oft asked 
question is '\vhat is your 
favorite book?" I have no 
firm answer as each new || 
book is the favorite for a ;f-Xr*5'J7fD $b34H8*:$ 
while However there are i,' ■■-. ■■'; ■■ wK-iiaois; ^ :: -%£m 
some I go back to more 

often than others, and you will see mention of some of 
them later in this item. 

The second most asked questions is "so if you don't 
have a favorite, then what is your least favorite?" Easy! 
Any great pop-up I have heard about, but can't obtain! 
(For example Tlie Baby Pack, published in the early 80's 
and engineered by Ron Van Der Meer) 

And the third question? "Why?" Because it's fun: the 
thrill of the chase, the decision making, the expectation 
and finally the victory! All the thrill of betting on horses, 
but with a sure placing each time! 

What do I look for? Educational interest is one aspect, 
with The maths kit 4 and The weather* being excellent 
examples, innovative and complex paper engineering, as 
evidenced in The working camercfand Sailing ships 1 - and 
pure aesthetic pleasure, for example The 12 days of 
Christmas 8 and Castles 9 

I enjoy books that are just rollicking good fun as in 
Wicked Willie stand-up comic' and The naughty 
nineties" Books that cover "things" in which I have a 
particular interest such as Inside the personal computer 12 
and Hugh Johnson 's pop-up wine book" Natural history, 
as embodied in Wonderful animals of Australia 14 and The 
ultimate bug book 15 And the unusual, such as The fate of 
the USS Arizona 16 , I want to spend the rest of my life 
everywhere, with everyone, one to one, for always, 
forever, now"ai\d a wee Japanese book that details toilet 
training ls (can't read Japanese, so don't know the title!) 

So that's about it, however as I know some publishers, 
books sellers and Internet book shop providers read this 
newsletter I would make one request of them. Please, 
please ensure that any pop-up type books published have 
the key words pop-up or paper engineered somewhere in 
the title, detail or synopsis. Many web sites provide 
excellent search facilities however most do not 
sufficiently identify paper-engineered books. For 
example, if "pop-up" is not in the title, new pop-up 
books are difficult to locate. 

May I wish all fellow collectors and readers of this 
newsletter all the very best and 
again thank Ann and her team for 
their efforts. I also extend an 
invitation to any pop-up enthusiast 
contemplating a trip to New 
Zealand to contact me, as it would 
be a pleasure to assist in any way I 

What Pops-up Down Under? 
Not a lot, but we have our ways!£££ 

'Ward Lock, 1984. Engineer: Paul Wilgress. 

2 Godwit, 1997. Engineer: Francesca Crespi. 

3 Little Simon, 1997. Engineer: Francesca Crespi. 
"McMillan, 1994. Engineer: Ron Van der Meer. Also: 

The maths pack, Jonathan Cape, 1994. 

5 Hamlyn, 1986. Engineer: Paul Wilgress. 

6 Angus & Robertson, 1986. Ron Van der Meer 

7 Viking, 1984. Engineers: David Rosendale and John 


8 Little Simon, 1996. Engineer: Robert Sabuda 

" Orchard, 1991. February 19, 1991. Engineer: David 

10 Collins, 1990. Engineer: White Heat. 

11 Collins, 1993. Engineer: Keith Moseley and John 


12 Viking, 1984. Engineer: Ron Van der Meer. 

13 Pyramid, 1989. Engineer: Ron Van der Meer. 

14 Japanese edition. National Geographic, 1990. 
Engineers: James Diaz and Rick Morrison. 

15 Artists & Writers, 1994. Engineer: James Diaz. 

16 Dimensional Graphics, 1996. Engineer: Sandor 

17 Booth Clibbon, 1997. Author: Damien Hurst. 
18 1989. 

Robert Reviewed 

Adie Pena 

•k-k + -k+ ABC Disney: An alphabet pop-up. 

Design & Paper Eng: Robert Sabuda. Disney Press. 
0-7868-3132-4. $22.50 US. 20 cm x 26 cm. 7 spreads, 
26 pop-ups. 

Art: "All art for this book was created from hand painted, 
cut paper." 

Plot: Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a 
pop-up Disney character. The House of Mouse finally 
meets a master movable book artist and the results are 
more dazzling than the Electric Parade along Main Street 
— or even more spectacular than a synchronized 
fireworks display in the Orlando, Florida skies. What 
could have been a run-of-the-mill volume if executed by 
someone else, Robert Sabuda's latest masterpiece 
celebrates over 60 years of movie magic with paper, 
paint and a passion for cutting and folding. Instead of 
simply replicating the characters and making them move, 
Mr. Sabuda infuses them with his unique style and sense 
of humor. (See Pinocchio get cross-eyed as he watches 
his own nose grow longer! Gepetto would have been 
proud.) Julie Taymor (surprisingly with the blessings of 
the formula-bound Disney folks) impressed the critics 
and the crowds with "The Lion King" on Broadway. 
Now, Mr. Sabuda likewise has proven to our pop-up 
publishing planet that creativity and commerce need not 
be exclusive of each other. Bravo, Robert! (But where is 
Sebastian? 1 can't wait for the sequel. A is for Aladdin. B 
is for Belle, C is for Chip...) 

Paper Eng: Deceptively (and effortlessly!) simple-looking 
but really quite complex. 

Frankfurt Book Fair 1998 

Theo Gielen 
The Netherlands 

The yearly five-day festival of pop-ups, movables and 
novelty books this year again took place in Frankfurt, 
Germany from October 7-11, located in halls eight and 
nine of this immense fair. Especially festive since this 
was the 50th book fair after the Second World War. As 
a matter of fact, the fair started as early as the 14th 
century, but lost its position in later centuries to the 
Leipzig Book Fair because of the better situation of that 
town between eastern and western Europe. Frankfurt 
then devaluated to a mere regional fair until, after WWII. 
Leipzig belonged to the German Democratic Republic 
(the Russian zone) behind the iron curtain and was hard 
to reach for western publishers. Frankfurt used these 
changes and rebuilt the fame of the Book Fair of the old 
days, starting in 1948. The 50th birthday of the "New 
Series" was celebrated on Wednesday evening with an 
ambitious party in the "Fest-Halle," with lots of well- 
known writers and other celebrities hanging around at a 
fair, with rivers of "Sekt" (the German variant of 
champagne) and with four huge buffets: German, 
Mediterranean, American, and East Asian, representing 
all parts of the world usually present at the Book Fair. 
And since we were lucky to have been invited, we can 
tell you, you really missed something! 

As festive as the whole ambiance was, that surely 
wasn't the mood at many of those stands responsible for 
the enlargement of our collections. Since the printing, 
production and assembling of our beloved books takes 
more time, and more and more takes place in China, 
Hong Kong and Singapore, the packagers and publishing 
houses have been effected by the economic crisis in Asia. 
Besides, the very strong position of the U.S. dollar and 
the pound sterling caused considerable problems with the 
sales of this kind of books mostly originating from the 
Anglo-Saxon world. The English and American books, 
in general, grew, for this reason, too expensive for the 
European market which traditionally forms a substantial 
portion of English-language books (we heard figures up 
to 40%). 

A third reason for concern we heard several times, is 
the termination of publishing pop-ups by Disney which 
has done so many during the last ten years to exploit the 
success of movies such as The Lion King, Tlie Hunchback 
of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast and more. 
Hercules appears to be the last movie to have been 
accompanied by such range of pop-up, movable and 
novelty items. This whole complex of factors made, so 
we were told by one of the leading packagers, his sales 

this year are down almost 50%. Another consequence of 
this that struck us was an air of "playing safe" as the 
production shown at the fair showed us: new editions of 
golden oldies, sometimes under a new cover, blown up or 
just in a mini edition. And "more of the same" by the use 
of approved techniques, images or shapes for new 
contents, making the production of titles easier and 
cheaper since no new experiments have been developed, 
pull-tabs, touch and feelies, etc., and sometimes also a 
cut in the number of new titles. Altogether a situation we 
regretted all the more since we didn't find published this 
year some of the most beautiful and spectacular dummies 
we saw last year. Publishers didn't dare to take the risk... 
nevertheless, we have seen again very nice new items we 
hope to see published this year. And some intriguing 
innovative techniques that surprised us in a way as when 
we first saw the wonder of a pop-up book and made us 
realize one more time why we ever started to study and 
collect them. 

But let us start with the most interesting reprints, 
naming those that will come in a different form. 
Intervisual Books Inc. showed a reprint in book form of 
Babette Cole's "creepy concertina pop-up" Don 't go out 
tonight from 1982; it is now under the new title 
Bewitched in 0w Town! with the panels of the earlier 
leporello now as pull-down pages. And the mini-Nister 
series with transformation pictures published in 1991 has 
been reprinted with another look by using an oval 
opening in the front cover where the earlier edition had 
a rectangular one. These are published 
by Pop-Up Press, one imprint of 
Wally's Intervisual — the other being 
Piggy Toes Press. David Bennett 
Books from London U.K. has reprints 
in mini-edition of their "unbelievable" 
series: Unbelievable washday book 
and Unbelievable runaway train 
storybook coming first and, when they 
prove to sell, the other four of the 
series. Schreiber from Germany made 
mini-editions too, from lm 
zoologischer garlen (A day in the zoo) and 
Meggendorfers International circus. Ron van der Meer 
brings, on the other hand, enlarged editions of his The 
birthday cake and from John Strejan's / love to eat bugs, 
as Brown Wells and Jacobs did last year already with the 
very big ones The giant pop-up book of dinosaurs and 
Prehistoric animals (1-890409-00-6), a compilation of 
spreads from two earlier "normal" books by Roma 
Bishop, and Mommy and baby giant pops (0-964777-9-6) 
which came from an earlier mini book, both done for 
Reading's Fun. 


. i-mnvjFiliTi i.'rr 

In the category of "more of the 
same" there were a lot of new 
titles, as we said. But, let us say 
beforehand that we don't mean 
any depreciation with "more of 
the same." There have been 
wonderful books published which 
"invite" sequels. We think of that 
beautiful series of '\vhodunits" 
by Iain Smyth (The mystery of 
the Russian Ruby, T/ie eye of the 
Pharaoh, etc.); or a series such 
as Flight, Sailing Ships, and 
Automobiles we wouldn't have missed and cherish as 
highlights of the eighties! And didn't Dean & Son in the 
nineteenth century use their approved techniques for 
series often or more parts and were they less appreciated 
than the newer inventions? Not to speak of 
Meggendorfer, Nister or - later - Giraud (Bookanos) who 
all did, actually, some of their best ones as "more of the 

A new one not to miss is 
Robert Sabuda's ABC Disney 
(Disney Press), the only pop-up 
book Disney did this year. And 
what a one! A highly artistic 
remake of 26 of these well 
known glossy Disney 
characters, for which Robert 
uses the same form as his 
Christmas alphabet, only now 

the whole is executed in colors cut from hand-painted 
paper, an effect strongly reminiscent of the way Eric 
Carle illustrates his picture books. 

David Carter continues his series of Bug Books with 
Bed bugs (Little Simon, 0-680-81863-7) and has two 
sequels on show for next year — Giggle bugs, a lift-the- 
flap with a funny laugh chip at Simon and Schusters, and 
the pop-up The twelve bugs of Christmas at Intervisual's 

The highly innovative The great castle mystery with 
the magnificent pop-out castle model done by Nick 
Denchfield in 1996 (Harper Collins) will be followed 
next year by a still more detailed and refined Invention 
mansion (Macmillan). It is a mystery pack containing a 
mansion model to pop out, a play mat and a book with 
press-out pieces, to learn all about weird and wonderful 
inventions from the Victorian era. Surely a must for any 

And those who thought Choo Choo Charlie, the 

Littletown Train with its wind-up toy train a must last 
year, as we did, can be happy there is Fire Engine 
Freddie to the rescue (Pop-Up Press, 1-581 17-012-2)this 
year. Next year wi 1 1 bring two sequels, The big race, with 
two wind-up race cars, and Paul Stickland's Christmas 
village playset with a little train chugging through the 
3-D Christmas village where shoppers are bustling, 
carolers are singing and children are playing; with a 
twinkling light and a sound chip that plays no less than 
three beloved holiday tunes. All seen at Intervisual. 

Intervisual also brings Harley Davidson: A tribute to 
an American icon (Pop-Up Press, 1-581 17-013-0) with 
stunning photographic detail, and informative text and 
the authentic Harley sound built into the front cover, but 
not too great artwork in the pop-ups. The whole 
reminded us of last year's book celebrating the other 
American icon, Elvis Presley. Mr. Hunt showed us also 
a new musical pop-up version of that good old song 77a* 
wheels on the bus, illustrated this time by Rosanne 
Litzinger and hiding the sound chip in one of the wheels 
of the bus. It reminded us of the beautiful version of this 
same song in the pop-up book done by Paul Zelinsky 
(Dutton, 1990) and reprinted this year by Orchard Books 

Orchard Books also brings this year Penny Dann's 
The secret mermaid handbook (1-86039-690-9) as a 
sequel to the earlier Little Vampire 's diary or The secret 
fairy handbook, and will add next year The secret fairy 
party book. And Iain Smyth added two new parts, Bobby 
the lifeboat ( 1 -86039-680- 1 ) and Lofty the helicopter ( 1 - 
86039-68 1-X) to the series he started last year with Dug 
the digger and Ruby the fire 

Sadie Fields Productions brings 
under their imprint Tango Books, 
amongst others, a Journey into 
space (1-85707-351-7), a metre- 
high pop-up space exploration, in 
the same format as the earlier 
Unwrap the mummy and Dracula 
spectacular, all books with built- 
in eyelets to hang them on the 
wall. But make sure to read first 
the well-researched information 
contained in the book! 

Emma Damon, Martha's friends (1-85707-350-9) is 
a lift-the-flap book with a detachable wall chart to record 
friends' birthdays. It can be seen as a sequel to her 
Daisy 's giant sunflower published last year. 

Continued on page 8 

Frankfurt Trivia 

Theo Gielen 
The Netherlands 

• David Hawcock, the paper engineer of so many 
books in recent years, started his own packaging firm: 
Hawcock Books, 1 Pierpont Street, Bath BA1 6RP. U.K. 

• One of the spreads in Michael Foreman's Ben 's box 
was engineered by Kees Moerbeek, though he has not 
been credited for it in the book. Can you figure out which 
one he did? 

• Mr. Steve Augarde, the new paper engineer (Mr. 
Mosley told us two years ago he thought him one of the 
most promising ones of the young generation of paper 
artists), appears to be a gentleman in his mid-fifties who 
was, before his work as a paper-engineer, a professional 
jazz musician and bandleader! 

• Robert Sabuda, so we were told Simon & Schuster, 
is working on a Pop-Up Mother Goose tales, to come out 
next fall. 

• Ron van der Meer stated that his heart's desire is to 
make a pop-up book of just the blanks of the ultimate 
artworks of master paper engineers. We think it not only 
his, but every collector's, fondest wish! So, when will the 
book come? 

• Massimo Missiroli, whose Struwwelpeter pop-up 
was published this year by Schreiber from Esslingen in 
Germany, made a dummy with all ten stories of the 
Hoffman classic. The publishers put only six of them in 
the final book for the known reasons of 'twelve pages, 
glue points, etc.," and made their choice not completely 
satisfying to its engineer. 

• Chuck Murphy's Jack and the beanstalk, is the first 
title in what Little Simon announces as a new series of 
"Classic Collectible Pop-Ups." There is also available a 
$100 Limited Edition, ISBN 0-689-82313-4. 

• Heard from a Spanish publisher: there is in 
preparation an exhibition of pop-up and movable books 
in the Spanish town of Gerona to be held in the last part 
of 1999. Maybe one of our Spanish members can tell us 
more about it? 

Intervisual Strikes Deal 
with White Heat 

From Publishers Weekly, January 18, 1999 

Intervisual Books has stuck a strategic alliance with 
White Heat Ltd. that calls for Intervisual to assume all 
production and sales responsibilities for books produced 
by the Albuquerque, N.M-based packager. Under terms 
of the agreement, the two companies will remain separate 
entities, with White Heat focusing exclusively on the 
development of interactive books and sharing the profits 
with Intervisual that result from the sale of White Heat 
titles. In addition to selling new White Heat titles, 
Intervisual will market the company's backlist. 

Founded in 1989, White Heat has produced 180 titles 
and has annual sales of about $3.75 million. Intervisual 
expects to market 60 White Heat backlist titles and 17 
new books at this year's Bologna Children's Fair. 
Among the books produced by White Heat are titles 
designed by Jan Piehkowski, Ron Van der Meer and 
David Carter. 

Intervisual's Dan Reavis told PW the deal with White 
Heat "is a step in the right direction in restoring our sales 
base." For the first nine months of 1998, sales at 
Intervisual were down 41% to $8.3 million. Reavis said 
the first quarter of 1999 should show improvement over 
1 998, helped in part by better sales to foreign customers. 

Reprinted with permission of the copyright owner. 

Classes and Workshops 

Pat Baldwin will conduct an eight week workshop, 
"Eccentric Contemporary Bookbinding Structures" at 
The Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, from June 5 
to July 24, 1999. The course explores the book making 
possibilities for the various ways we use books ... to 
carry stories, journeys, poems, sketches, plans, messages, 
and tidings. The workshop is appropriate for the 
beginning book maker to express individuality with 
practicality and the experienced binder to develop 
variations on traditionally structured book forms. 

For more information contact Kristine Kowalsky, 
Program Manager, at The Naropa Institute, 3285 30 Ih 
Street, Boulder, CO 8030 1 . Telephone 303^02- 1 1 90. Pat 
Baldwin at P.O. Box 1 7 1 1 , Bisbee, AZ 85603. Telephone 

MGP Studio Book Arts Workshops presents one- 
day courses in Bookbinding, Tunnel Books, Single 
Leaved Structures, and Miniature Books. Marie Pisano 
is the instructor and the classes are taught at MGP 
Studio Arts, 6 Titus Lane, Plainsboro, New Jersey 
08536. Telephone: 609-799-3941. 

Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts has a 

full schedule of courses for spring and summer 1999 
including papermaking, bookbinding, and artists books. 
For a class schedule contact Columbia College Chicago, 
Center for Book & Paper Arts, 2 1 8 South Wabash Ave., 
7* Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60604. 

Questions and Answers 

Q. I am currently in the process of making an 
annotated bibliography of horizontal split-leaf books. 
They are perhaps the simplest movable book in the 
tradition of the harlequinade and early metamorphoses. 
Their simplicity belies a wonderful potential for 
providing a host of connections, characters and 
fascinating figurative transformations. They have been 
known by many different titles, the more common being 
"mix and match," "metamorphosis," "heads, bodies and 
legs." My latest being Funiositites. 

I would be very pleased to hear from any members 
who may have a similar interest or hear about any 
extraordinary, unusual examples. 

Mike Simkin 

87 Kineton Green Road 

Olton, Solihul, UK 


Q. I am about to finish the supplement to my 
bibliography Pop-up and movable books. These are the 
titles in the Random House series of numbered volumes. 
What is number 22? If you have that in your collection, 
please let me know. 

Ann Montanaro 

1 . Bennett Cerfs pop-up riddles. 1965. 

2. Bennett Cerfs pop-up silliest riddles. [ 1 967] . 

3. The pop-up Mother Goose. 1966. 

4. Pop-up hide and seek. 1967. 

5. Bennett C erf's pop-up limericks. [1967]. 

6. The pop-up animal alphabet book. [1967]. 

7. Pop-up sound alikes. 1 967. 

8. Pop-up the night before Christmas. [1967]. 

9. The color book. [1968]. 

10. The pop-up tournament of magic . [1968]. 

1 1 . What do you get? [ 1 968]. 

12. The pop-up book of left and right. [1968]. 

1 3 . Babar 's games. 1 968 . 

14. Tlw pop-up circus book. [197-?]. 

15. The wishing ring. [196-?]. 

1 6. The pop-up book of flying machines. [ 1 96-?] . 

17. The pop-up biggest book. [1969]. 

1 8. Noah and the ark. [1969]. 

19. Barbar's moon trip. 1968. 

20. Knock, knock: Who's there? [1969]. 

21. Story of the nativity. [1970]. 

23. Going to the hospital. [1971]. 

24. Pop-up book of boats. [1972]. 

25. Pop-up book of jokes: Pop corn. [1972]. 

26. Eric Gurney 's pop-up book of dogs. [1973]. 

27. Superdooper pop-up counting book. [ 1 973] . 

28. Eric Gurney 's pop-up book of cats. 1974. 

29. Pop-up book of trucks. 1974. 

30. Fun and easy things to make. 1975. 

3 1 . Pop-up book of trains. 1976. 

32. Pop-up book of cars. 1976. 

33. Dinosaurs. 1977. 

34. Farm animals. 1977. 

35. Star Wars: A pop-up book. 1978. 

36. Richard Scarry's Busy town pop-up book. 

37. Pop-up book of the circus. 1979. 

38. Superman. 1979. 

39. Wonder Woman. 1980. 

38. Superman. 1979. 

39. Wonder Woman. 1980. 

40. Buck Rogers. 1980. 

41. The Empire strikes back. 1980. 

42. Popeye. 1981. 

43. Lone Ranger. 1981. 

44. Nancy and Sluggo. 1981. 

45. Return of the Jedi. 1983. 

Pop-up Connections 

Ann Montanaro 
East Brunswick, N.J. 

It has been my experience that pop-ups bring 
people together. Following the publication of Roy Dicks 
wonderful article "Pop-up Books'" in the Raleigh, North 
Carolina. New & Observer (November 29, 1998), I heard 
from a number of people. Six new members joined The 
Movable Book Society. A reporter called asking for the 
name of a pop-up collector in Michigan she could 
contact so that she could write an article with a local 
focus, and a former Rutgers University Library School 
professor of mine, now teaching at the University of 
North Carolina, sent me holiday greetings and a copy of 
the article. 

Rachel Kopel had a an interesting "pop-up" 
experience. She wrote "This weekend [January, 1999] 
I visited friends in Tucson and with my schedule and 
the University schedule, the only time 1 could see the 
Pop-up and Movable Book Exhibit at the University of 
Arizona Library was for 45 minutes en route to the 

" My friend pushed me out of the car at the edge of 
the road construction and I had just entered the Special 
Collections office and was looking at the second book 
when my finger touched the glass and a VERY LOUD 
siren went off. 

"The staff informed me that we would all have to 
leave since this was a fire drill! (My first in perhaps 40 
years.) While I was standing on the sidewalk 
exclaiming that I only had 45 minutes to see the show 
before leaving for the airport, a very nice man asked if 
I had picked up the catalog (I had) and thus James 
Sinski, curator of the show, suggested that we at least 
talk about the show while we were waiting. 

"When we finally got back into the building he 
continued his curator's tour of the exhibit for my friend 
and me, explaining how each of the special artist's 
books (my particular interest) operated when they were 
not frozen in time and space in the exhibit case. 

"It was not nearly as much time as I would have liked 
to have with the exhibit, but certainly very high quality 

Louise Katz Sullivan wrote: "My daughter is now 
working at a large bookstore in Los Angeles. A few- 
weeks ago she was talking to a customer about pop-up 
books and mentioned that her mother belongs to The 

Movable Book Society. She was interested in learning 
more about it." Louise sent along the customer's name 
and address and she, too recently joined. 

New member RD. Burton wrote "It's a small world. 
As I live at the Jersey shore, from time to time I travel to 
the Borders Book Store in East Brunswick. Today I 
purchased a number of pop-up books. At the check out 
counter the cashier asked me if I was a member of The 
Movable Book Society. Needless to say, it was your 
daughter." My daughter Abby enjoys both selling and 
collecting pop-ups! 

I was recently in California speaking about pop-ups at 
"Reading the World" a conference at the University of 
San Francisco. That same weekend I was able to see 
"Pop-up Books!" an exhibit of 60 antique and 
contemporary books from Wally Hunt's collection on 
display at the Bank of America World Headquarters and 
to attend the California Antiquarian Book Show. Since 
I did not expect to recognize anyone at the book show, I 
kept my eyes on pop-ups until I heard a seller ask a 
customer "do you collect anything else besides pop-ups?" 
I turned around to greet Kate and Gary Sterling making 
a purchase. We had met at the conference in Los Angeles 
where Kate had brought a number of pop-ups to sell. 
After the Antiquarian show we exchanged pop-up news 
over a wonderful dinner. 

Frankfurt Book Fair, continued from page 5 

Teddy 's party (1-85707-259-6), a pop-up book with a 
party bag goodies as the under title reads, reminds us of 
Bowman's earlier, but still selling, Teddy's Christmas, 
published in 1994. And Stephen Holmes continues the 
surprise adventures of Little Mouse in part three: Little 
Mouse goes exploring (1-85707-322-3). Korky Paul 
illustrated the new The Purple Mountain monsters (1- 
85707-346-0) matching the magnificent scary pop-ups he 
did before in Dinner with Fox, Mrs. Wolf and Dracula 
Junior and the fake fangs. Do think of adding these new 
titles to your collection. 

Steve Augarde, the up and coming paper engineer who 
uses so many new and ingenious techniques in movables 
for the young child, did a sequel to his two tractor books 
with Fire engine to the rescue (Tupelo Books, 0-688- 
16328-9) and comes out next year with Lifeboat to the 
rescue from which we saw the dummy at Matthew Price 
Ltd. In the book there is a lifeboat on the left page which 
can be moved by turning a wheel at the bottom of that 
page. We racked our brains to understand how it was 

done. We had to look between the pages before we 
understood how the technique works. We will not give 
away the secret; wait, see and wonder next year for 
yourself, before tearing up the pages. Keith Faulkner 
from Brainwaves Ltd. continues the success of his Wide- 
mouthed frog (over half a million copies sold) and the 
Long-nosed pig with a new pop-up The puzzled penguin 
illustrated, as so many of his books are, by Jonathan 

We have already missed this year a new title in the 
simple but attractive, and with children much beloved, 
Big and Little series by Ken Wilson-Max: Big red fire 
truck, Yellow taxi, Blue engine, Silver space shuttle, 
and Little red plane and Green tow truck and were 
afraid he completed the series. We are happy to see, at 
David Bennett Books, next year's sequel The little 
orange submarine. 

Ron van der Meer brings the equivalent of his Pick 
and shop market place (1996, and reprinted now as just 
Market day) with Orchard farm (1-9024 1 3-05-9) again 
with the refined illustrations of Fran Thatcher and with 
a beauty of a pop-up freestanding tractor among other 
pop-ups loosely inserted. White Heat, unfortunately not 
attending the fair, leaving their reserved space empty, 
did for Envision Publishing a sequel to Alex Henry's 
Nightmare hotel with his new Nightmare cafe 
( 1 -85707-423-8) illustrated and paper engineered again 
by Antje Stemm. 

Carla Dijs has two new titles published by Child's 
Play: Runaway kitten (0-85953-669-6) and Who loves 
you, little beetle? (0-85953-961-X) matching earlier 
titles like Daddy, Mommy, would 
you love me if... , and Missing 
mum/dad, books for the younger 
child in her characteristic bright 

The author/illustrator who 
appears to be most trendsetting 
and causing "more of the same" 
is Lucy Cousins. Coming herself 
with two new Maisy titles, Maisy at the farm and Happy 
birthday, Maisy (Walker Books), her formula of bright, 
simple but refined pictures combined with highly 
effective flaps and pull-tabs, can be seen followed by a 
whole range of illustrators -- probably conscious of it -- 
who do books for the very young child, too. To name 
just a few of them: Dale Gottlieb with Edward plants a 
garden (1-85707-420-3) and Tulip builds a birdhouse 
( 1-85707-4 1 9-X); Nick Denchfield with Desmond the 
dog (0- 152-01 340-7) and Two little dicky birds (to come 
from Macmillan); Ian Winton, Lifecycles {Macm\\\ax\)\ 

Ken Wilson-Max's Max ( 1 -85602-270-6) and Max loves 
sunflowers (1-85602-271-4); and Gus Clarke, Good 
night, Lucy (0-689-8 1889-0). 

To finish this section we call attention to a book that 
"borrowed" an earlier cover shape: a heart-shaped pop- 
up like David Carter's successful Valentine present Love 
bugs. The new book is / love you because . . . love, 
Barbie (0-307-3320 1-2), a pop-up with a surprise present 
published by Golden Press. 

As a cross over to what we saw as "really new," we 
first dwell on that special category of pop-ups beloved by 
so many collectors, the carousel book. Those collectors 
can be happy - we saw about twenty new ones! To start 
with, there are the almost "traditional" doll houses from 
which in last years such beautiful ones proceeded. 
Intervisual comes with a Victorian doll house strongly 
reminiscent of their earlier Edwardian doll house or the 
Medieval castle, with eight rooms on two floors, a 
detailed roof, double ribbon enclosure, and the usual 
press-out dolls and accessories. A beautiful addition to 
build up your own street. The Victorian house book was 
done by Keith Mosley for Van der Meer. As with most 
books that Mr. Mosely creates, challenged by the 
standard techniques of these dollhouses, he has 
something new in it: two of the compartments of the 
carousel show beautifully detailed and demure Victorian 
rooms - on two floors, four rooms - and developed a new 
technique for flat floors where these mostly sag in other 
carousels. The other two compartments have been used 
for a wonderful front of the house with bay windows, and 
roofs at right angles on each other. An admirable 
newness of the species showing once more the 
mastership of this grand old craftsman. Charles Fuge did 
for Van der Meer the Spooky house of horror with rich 
detail in horror and a wonderful rounding roof done as 
the wings of a bat. Lots of pull-tabs cause movements to 
heighten the creepy mysteries in the book. 

Bellew Publishing brings Babe: Pig in the city (1- 
85725- 1 32-6) to coincide with the major movie release of 
the smash-hit Babe. By folding 
around the covers, the Hoggett's 
Farm, home of the pig and his farm 
friends, folds out in a beautiful paper 
house seen from the outside. A more 
traditional (backstreet) dollhouse- 
carousel done by Philippa Moyle was 
seen in a German version at 
Bassermann: Mein liebstes 
'• puppenhaus (3-8094-0602-3), cheap, 
therefore without a roof and without floors on the ground 

The new kind of carousel was seen last year for the 
first time in two books by Nancy Hellen, Fold out doll 's 
house and Come and visit the fold out farmyard 
(Treehouse, London) show on one level four 
compartments on each side when 
folding around the covers. This 
year Bookmart (UK) comes with 
four of these "Pop-Up 
Playhouses:" Spooky castle, 
Dinosaur park, Dance school and 
Construction site. And in France, 
Nathan from Paris shows this 
form in Thierry Courtin's 
T'choupi dans sa maison. 

More traditional carousels 
were done by Stephen Cartwright with his Farmyard 
tales (Usborne, 0-7460-3335-4), Jo Lodge with Busy 
farm (Dial, 0-8037-2416-0) and the sequel Playschool 
(MacMillan, to come), and Carla Dijs' Animals all 
around (seen at Intervisuals) which has also wheels, 
lift-the-flaps and pull-tabs. Nick Denchfield makes for 
Macmillan a Dinosaur park (0-333-72304-X), 
containing four fold-out playing theaters and four 
freestanding model dinosaurs to play with - like having 
your own Jurassic Park. 

The most traditional carousels, with five three- 
layered dioramas surrounded by a proscenium, came 
from France, Danielle Bour doing a sequel to her earlier 
Bonsoir petit ours brun with Joyeux Noel, Petit ours 
brun (Editions Bayard, Paris). Bright colors, melting 
story and strong illustrations make it a nice holiday 
item. The same can be said for 
Christian KampPs Zirkus karussel 
(Coppenrath, 3-81157-1444-3), a 
colorful circus carousel with six 
dioramas showing clowns, jugglers, 
wild beasts, etc. and lots of props to 
stand up outside. 

Finally, Frances Lincoln Ltd. 
announced for next year a carousel by 
Francesco Crespi: An advent carousel (0-71 1 2- 1 358-5), 
a gem to look forward to! And Bellew Publishing 
brings, in cooperation with the Van Gogh Museum, 
Amsterdam, and the National Gallery, London, Van 
Gogh's house (Rizzoli, 0-7893-0219-5), a pop-up 
carousel showing in four compartments the three- 
dimensional edition of the artist's house as Van Gogh 
painted it. It is full of surprises: the views from the 
windows are classic Van Gogh scenes as "Harvest 
landscape" and "Starry night," and on the walls hang 
his portraits, landscapes and still lifes. Since these are 

interchangeable you can arrange your own best-loved 
Van Gogh house! Bellew plans sequels on Rembrandt, 
Dali and Monet. 

Now we come to the chapter of the new ones we 
spotted, leaving out the simple fanfolded ones published 
by Ottenheimer, Peter Haddock, Grandreams, Aventinum 
Prague and other eastern European publishers, and just 
focusing on the collectible ones. 

Let us start at Intervisual Books Inc. where Mr. Wally 
Hunt himself guided us - still going strong though we 
thought more careful. Besides the above mentioned ones, 
he showed us the new Kees Moerbeek: Santa's surprise 
(Piggy Toes Press, 1-581 17-018-1), a pop-up story box 
like a brightly wrapped Christmas gift, with a holiday 
rebus ending up in a three-part pop-up Santa scene. 
Wonderful and completely different from what he has 
done before. This new way could also be seen in the 
dummy of another Christmas pop-up: Twelve days of 
Christmas done in a hexagonal form looking like a 
bonbon box, to be out next year. Congratulations! 
Another pop-up box on display was Rebecca Wildsmith's 
The alphabet chest (Pop-Up Press, 1-888443-83-9), not 
a book but a box without text but opening in 26 doors 
each hiding a miniature 3-D surprise following the 

With a twinkle in his eyes, Mr. Hunt lets the Red 
Queen cry "off with her head" as built in a sound chip in 
the new pop-up version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in 
Wonderland, now illustrated by Michael Foreman. More 
peaceful is The enchanting three-dimensional fairytale 
storybook playset featuring six magical scenes as 
theatrical settings, and press-out characters and play 
pieces to perform three well-known fairytales whose 
retelling comes in an accompanying full-color storybook. 
Also to play with is the Curious George 3-D playset in 
which everyone's favorite monkey comes to life in three 
pop-up scenes. And, again, there are press-out play 
pieces like the Man in the Yellow Hat and, of course, 
Curious George himself. 

Though most of the new items at Macmillan's have 
been already mentioned, we have some to add to their 
most spectacular ones. Two titles show Nick 
Denchfield's not-to-miss masterworks of paper 
engineering: Space shuttle, a carousel book revealing an 
astonishing model of this wonder of technique, standing 
free and ready for take-off — the most outstanding 
innovation of the good old carousel book we've seen until 
now. And, no less impressive, Pop-up space 2000 from 
which we only saw the blank dummy, with an opened 
space shuttle you impulsively want to take off the page to 


play with. Gorgeous! Mr. Dench field appears to grow as 
one of the masters of paper artwork. At Macmillan's 
stand we could also admire Andrew Bennett's Pop-up 
globe (0-333-73295-2) that unfolds when opening the 
covers 360 degrees. Nicely done, for sure, but we have 
seen already more pop-up globes during the past years 
and don't think that excellent one rotating on a string in 
The Earth in three dimensions (Dial Books, 1995) by 
David Hawcock has been surpassed yet. 

The Thailand-based ORCH Print Ltd. of the 
originally French Mr. Christian Le Grand, the 
"inventor" of the springing cubes, showed the English 
edition of Joyce Patti's The first Christmas (Dutton, 0- 
525-460 14-4), a storybook with a pop-up manger and a 
creche set of figures to furnish the scene. And - only in 
the Spanish version - a similar wonderful circus pop-up 
Viva elcirco .'(Suscueta Ediciones, 84-305-8432-3) with 
a nice pop-up ring and seven loose figures to play your 
own circus performances. 

At Walker Books we saw - probably you have seen 
them already, too - the new Robert Crowther Deep down 
underground (0-7445-4945-0), innovative since the 
backsides of the spreads now are in the picture showing 
how the mechanics of the book move, how they have 
been fastened and how the (only tab-operated) 
mechanicals have been devised and made. And Colin 
McNaughton's Dracula 's tomb (0-7445-5547-7), closed 
by a green taloned hand clasp and packed with 
Dracula's life story told by his diaries, school reports, 
holiday snaps, favorite monsters and the necessary parts 
of his equipment, ending with a pop-up portrait of his 
creepy countship. 

The so productive Mr. Keith Faulkner from 
Brainwaves showed us a melting flushy giraffe in his 
Can a crocodile cry? that works with wheels behind 
acetate windows; and The big yawn in which all kinds 
of animal toddlers fight against sleep till you let them 
close their eyes by pulling a tab on the last spread, 
bringing out a big "good night." 

A nice variation on the old species of books with 
head and legs folding out of the back cover and showing 
different costumes to the doll by turning the pages, has 
been done by Mr. Faulkner in two new books illustrated 
by Manhar Chauham: Panda makes faces and 
Bewildered bears. Not one, but a whole five heads can 
be folded out, every face showing a different mood: 
sleepy, surprised, sad, angry and happy. 

And another novelty to come in two books The dawn 
fairy and 77ze dusk fairy, will be a paper fairy actually 

floating with just a small corner of it laying on your 
fingertip. We promised not to betray the mystery behind 

it. . 

Sadie Fields Productions has a bright Fashion 
through the ages by Margaret Knight (Tango Books, 1- 
85707-325-8) showing, by lift-up flaps, in an 
unembarrassing way what has been worn in history, from 
overcoat to petticoat - and further. 

Brian Lee did a new three-dimensional game book, 
Ghost hunters ( 1 -85707-352-5), which turns into a multi- 
level pop-up castle to capture the ghosts that have been 
haunting Crumble Castle. And Pete Bowman comes with 
a cute Teddy's Christmas library (1-85707-524-X) with 
four mini pop-up books (6x5 cm) held together in a book- 
shaped hardback box with a clear acetate lid. 

Sadie Fields' Director, Mr. David Fielder, assured us 
the firm was not and never had been for sale - as we 
suggested in an earlier article in Movable Stationery. On 
the contrary, as we could see in their stand, the firm 
enlarged its activities with a range of 3-D cards, 
bookmarks, gift boxes, etc., now also doing now the 
distribution in the U.K. and Ireland for colleagues such 
as Van der Meer and Envision Publishing. 

With our final question about what Sadie Fields will 
bring next year we closed our conversation as usual with 
Mr. Fielder's winged words: "'What next year brings, you 
will see next year." 

So on we went. . . to a director who usually tells all 
we want to know about his plans, Mr. Graham Brown 
from Brown, Wells and Jacobs, the firm that probably 
feels most heavily the change of the list by Disney. He 
showed us the dummy of A book of daytime that has 
several pop-up sundials and the information how to make 
them yourself. And the nice dummy of History of space 
from the Second World War onwards - among its paper 
artwork a beautiful radar parabola. But most special, we 
think, and one of the best examples seen at the fair for a 
long time of what a pop-up book can be, is the dummy of 
Anton Radevski's The wonder of architecture not yet 
having been sold for publication since Ron van der Meer 
took all the chances on the market with his Architecture 
pack. The six spreads of the book show strong pop-ups 
for Egyptian architecture with a pyramid, the temple of 
Abu Simble, and the Sphynx; for Greece showing the 
Parthenon, the Nike Temple with its caryatids, and the 
statue of Pallas Athena; for the Roman period a glorious 
oval pop-up of the Colosseum, Hadrian's Triumphal 
Arch, and an aquaduct; for the Middle Ages the 
baptisterium in Florence and a celestial French cathedral 


so big it doesn't fit in the pages, so you'll have to fold 
out the nave yourself and click it in the front of the self- 
erecting double towers - but then you'll have a cathedral 
more wonderfully detailed than you have ever seen in 
any book. For modern architecture the rounding model 
of the Guggenheim Museum, the Gold Gate Bridge and 
the Twin Towers in Chicago have been chosen. 

Is somebody from one of the major publishing 
houses reading this article? Let him contact BWJ to buy 
this book that could be produced for a retail price of 
only $35, Mr. Brown said. 

And still we are not at the end of what we saw. On 
our way to the last big packager we wanted to visit we 
saw a new technique as simple as nice at David 
Bennett's Books in the shaped book Left and right hand 
with movable elements you can easily slip from the left 
to the right page, even over the fold in between, and 
back again. 

At Electric Paper Mr. Pitcher demonstrated their The 
nativity (1-897584-18-0) with a pop-up nativity scene 
that has a special built-in mini book you can take out 
and place back in again. David Hawcock did the paper 
engineering for Nicholas Tul lock's Pop-up monster 
talk, a history of such monsters as a scary mummy, 
Dracula, Frankenstein, a werewolf and an alien. Also on 
display they had two books with pop-up posters that can 
be removed from the book to hang them on your wall: 
The world of the elephant and The world of the horse. 
From the not-yet-mentioned new productions by 
Matthew Price Ltd. we saw another new Steve Augard, 
When I grow up, lean be anything, a pop-up book; and 
the recently published Treasure hunt by Matthew Price, 
illustrated by Izhar Cohen and paper engineered by 
Jenny Wood. Inspired by Iain Smyth's who dunnits, 
here there is to be found enclosed a genuine 18 carat 
gold-plated scarab. 

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Talking about Iain Smyth, we 
remember his new book The 
amazing inventions of Professor 
ScreM'loose (Orchard, 1-86039- 
886-3) with weird inventions of a 
weird professor. Also at Orchard's 
the new Nick Sharratt, The best 
pop-up magic book . . .ever (1- 
86039-487-6) which will allow 
young magicians to wow their 
audience with the finger-chapping trick, the box of 
illusions, and a bit of fortune telling as well. It was 
funny to see how this book comes with three completely 
different front covers for England, Germany and 

Holland. The inside, however, 
reminded us sometimes less, 
sometimes more strongly, of that 
early Van der Meer book TIk pop- 
up of magic tricks ( 1 983). 

Simon and Schuster brings 
Chuck Murphy's beautiful Jack 
and the beanstalk (0-689-82207 '-3) 
as a three- 

dimensional edition in their new 
trademarked series of "Classic Collectible Pop-Ups." The 
book being announced as "an elegant gift for book lovers 
of every age — and perfect for collectors, too" appears to 
confirm we are a species on our own! 

Next year will bring another Murphy: Bow wow (0- 
689-82265-0), a pop-up book of shapes featuring an 
endearing cast of shape-sawy canines (as the blurb 
reads) and ending with a stunning final pop-up of all the 
shapes enclosed. And BBC-Worldwide has Wallace & 
Gromit: A close shave (0-563-38043-8) with paper 
artwork by Damian Johnston who brought a remarkable 
number of movements to every page of this comic book 
by Aardman. 

We wonder who will bring out the English version of 
Sleepy dreams by Leanne Louise Wilber from which we 
saw the German, Italian, French and Dutch editions? A 
pop-up book with an integrated stand to place it on your 
night stand since the book has not only pop-ups but also 
a real working alarm in its built-in clock. 

But we were on our way to Ron van der Meer who 
was with his big and attractive stand very much in the 
limelight. As long as it took me in this article to reach 
him, so long did it take me to have a short talk with Ron. 
He surely earns a prize for having the most busy stand 
with two or three tables always full of negotiating people 
from all over the world and the always lively maestro 
showing his new items in their midst. But a talk with his 
brother, Guus, the director of the company, informed us 
of their new items and their plans for the years to come. 

We mentioned already the carousel books by Charles 
Fuge and Keith Moseley. Mr. Mosely - we met him 
shortly at the fair for which he interrupted his Bavarian 
holiday - also has Cindy mouse (1-902413-04-0) and 
Robinson mouse (1-902413-03-2), books with pop-ups 
and pull-tabs but whose newness is in the front covers 
with their unique moving paper sculptures behind clear 
acetate windows (even with a pull-tab) that can be hung 
on the wall. Also by him is Zodiac treasury (1-902413- 
08-3), a hexagonal box the cover being a boxed paper 


sculpture of the zodiac wheel with an acetate lid, the 

contents dealing with all twelve signs of the zodiac each 

illustrated with a pop-up. And we 

saw the dummy of the Moseley- 

to-come, A busy day for Santa 


Ron himself isn't bringing out 
too many new titles this fall after 
the enormous success of his 
Architecture pack (200,000 
copies sold within a year), the Rock pack earlier this 
year and the two remakes he did for Random House, 
Sesame Street learn about numbers (0-679-89254-2) 
and Sesame Street learn about shapes (0-679-89254-0). 
This fall will only bring a first pack for toddlers, 
Mathmaster 3+ done with Bob Gardner, the author of 
Maths pack and a teacher of mathematics in the English 
village where Ron lives. The contents of this first of 
three packs (there will follow a Mathmaster 5+ and a 
Mathmaster 7+) made us lament having already been 
taught ciphering. What math pleasures there will be for 
toddlers happy enough to be given this pack. We think 
in the future all kindergartens and elementary schools 
should be obliged to use only these books for teaching 
mathematics. The start is there to make this possible, 
for the books will be produced in first editions of 
300,000 copies each! A new record? 

One of the first books to come will be a Paranormal 
pack Ron is working on with Uri Geller and from which 
we could already see some really astonishing things. For 
example, a flat disk that blows itself up before your very 
eyes when you take it out of the book. Very informative 
- as all his packs - proves the new Formula I pack with 
real, detachable pop-up race cars. And we saw the first 
paper works for a Holland pack with a nice pop-up 
impression of Amsterdam and the beauty of a windmill 
with turning sails - an octagonal one, in technical 
terms. The Recreation drugs guide promised good 
information, from cocaine and heroin to coffee and 
nicotine, by the cooperation of the famous Amsterdam 
Jellinek Clinics for addiction. This guide will be under 
$10 and aims especially at teenagers to inform them 
before they become addicted. 

There will be a Van der Meer Old MacDonald's 
farm and a Santa's factory with a new technique of 
folding out a paper house, and an Anne of Green Gables 
pop-up exclusively done for Key Porter Books in the 
States. And a book we're asked not to write about yet 
that will show a miracle of paper engineering popping 
up almost twice as high as the actual size of the pages. 
It had to be shown three times before we saw what 

constructions he used and even then we could hardly 
believe all that paperwork to see simply folding back 
between the pages. As Waldo Hunt said to us earlier: 
"Ron is a genius." Wally will have to take care that his 
Intervisual Books Inc. will not be surpassed by Van der 
Meer Publishing! 

We want to end with two highly collectible new 
books, to come next year. One by Intervisual Books, 
fulfilling a dream Mr. Hunt has talked about for several 
years, done in cooperation by two master engineers, 
James Diaz and David Carter, The elements of pop-up: 
A pop-up book for aspiring paper engineers (Simon and 
Schuster, fall 1999). Starting with a dazzling 
mathematical model, the book continues with a 
systematical treatment of over forty basic elements of 
pop-up, all popping up themselves in blanks for 
instruction at the same time, with notes on what to be 
aware of and all the ciphering needed to make 
understandable why and how your pop-ups work. Make 
space on the shelves of your collection for this book. At 
the same time make a place behind the row on your 
shelves for the second must-have, coming from Van der 
Meer and done by a new French engineer: Animals in 
love: Adults only! A real pornographic movable featuring 
animals performing the Kamasutra. They had problems 
finding where it could be manufactured, but succeeded. 
They now just worry if the American market dares to 
distribute it, but since the Starr report and the Lewinsky 
tapes they are hopeful . . . 

Convinced we didn't see all the new books of the 
Frankfurt Book Fair but exhausted from what we did see, 
we dragged ourselves to the nearest Biergarten where, 
from behind an extremely big glass of beer - forgot what 
we read in the Recreational pop-up drugs guide, and 
noted the date of next year's Book Fair in our brand new 
calendar: 13 October 1999. We will be there again. 

Catalogs Received 

Aleph-Bet Books. Catalogue 59. 218 Waters Edge, 
Valley Cottage, NY 10989. Phone: 914-268-7410. Fax: 

Ampersand Books. Spring catalogue 1999. Ludford 

Mill. Ludlow, Shropshire Sy8 1PP UK. Phone: 01584 

877813. Fax: 01584 877519. 


Thomas and Mary Jo Barron. Catalogue number six. 
120 Lismore Ave., Glenside, PA 19038. Phone: 215- 


Books of the Ages. Catalogue 20. Gary J. Overmann. 
Maple Ridge Manor. 4764 Silverwood Dr., Batavia, 
Ohio 45 103. Phone: 513-732-3456. 

Rose Lasley. 5827 Burr Oak. Berkeley, IL 60163- 
1424. Phone: 708-547-6239. 

The first Noel: A holiday pop-up book. Illustrated by 
Pat Paris. Broadman & Holman Publishers. 8'/2 x 9. 10 
pages. $16.95. 0-805-41793-1. 

Friends forever: A pop-up book of quotes. Pop-Up 
Press. 4 x 6. 10 pages. $5.95. 1-888443-14-6. 



00 = 

Page Books. Catalog 10. HCR 65 Box 233, Kingston, 
Arizona 72742. Phone: 870-861-5831. Email: 

Jo Ann Reisler, Ltd. Catalogue 47. 360 Glyndon St., 
NE, Vienna VA. Phone:703-938-2967. Fax: 703-938- 
9057. Email: 

Ten Eyck Books. Catlogue 12. Children 's and 
illustrated books. P.O. Box 84. Southboro, MA 
01772. Phone: 508-481-3571. Fax: 508-490-9954. 

Good night, Lucy, [tabs] By Gus Clarke. Little Simon. 
9 x 9. 12 pages. $12.95. 0-689-81889-0. 

Happily ever after: A pop-up book of quotes. Pop-Up 
Press. 4 x 6. 10 pages. $5.95. 1-888443-09-x. 

Katie cat. Sterling Publishing and Balloon Books. 9/4 
x 51/2. 10 pages. Includes stuffed cat to move in the 
book. $7.95. 0-8069-3765-3. 

Old MacDonald has a farm. By Frances Cony and Iain 
Smyth. March. Orchard. 9 x 8'/2. 12 pages. $9.95. 
0-531 -30 129-x. 





Unicorn Books. Pop-ups catalogue 3 and Merry 
Christmas. 56 Rowlands Ave., Hatch End, Pinner, 
HA5 4BP, England. Phone:0181-420-1091. Fax: 

Once upon a time map book. April. Candlewick. 
6 x 1 1 14. 18 pages. $14.99. 0-7636-0076-8. 

Robert Crowther 's most amazing hide-and-seek 
alphabet book May. Candlewick. 10% x 8. 12 pages. 

New Publications 

The following titles have been identified from pre- 
publication publicity, publisher's catalogs, or adver- 
tising. All titles include pop-ups unless otherwise 
identified. Titles reviewed in Robert Sabuda's 
"Movable Reviews" column are not included in this 

Animal moves: A pull-tab book. By Dawn Apperley. 

April. Little, Brown and Company. 8x8. 12 pages. 


Also: Animal noises. 0-3 1 6-049 1 2-3 . 

Roxie and Bo together. April. Candlewick. 714 x 8. 24 
pages. $12.99. 0-7636-0870-x. 

Row your boat. April. DK Ink. 10 x 8. 12 pages. 
$14.95. 0-7894-3489-x. 

Snappy little numbers: Count the numbers from 1 to 
10. Millbrook Press. 9 x 1 1. 20 pages. $12.95. 

Where 's Alfie? March. Orchard. 7'4 x 8. 14 pages. 


Also: Don't worry Alfie. 0-531-30127-3. 

The Bible alphabet. By Keith 
Moseley. Broadman & Holman 
Publishers. 1014 x 10!4. 8 
spreads. $19.99. 

Bugs. By Kees Moerbeek. [Sturdy § 

pull-outs] Price Stern Sloan. 7 x 

8'/ 2 . 12 pages. $10.99. 


Also: Dinosaurs. 0-843 1-7895-7. Jungle king. 

0-8431-7896-5, and Undersea. 0-8431-7897-3. 

Publishers' Addresses 

Balloon Books, De Balloon nv, Belgium. 

Broadman & Holman Publishers. 127 Ninth Ave., 
North. Nashville, Tennessee 37234. 

The Millbrook Press, Inc., 2 Old New Milford Road, 
Brookfield, Connecticut 06804. 

Sterling Publishing Company, 387 Park Avenue South, 
New York, NY 10016.